'War is over' for Emirati troops in Yemen: UAE prince
June 16, Dubai: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said the "war is over" for its troops in Yemen, though it may continue to keep them there for "counterterrorism operations," media reports said.
The announcement was announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's crown prince, on his official Twitter account late on Wednesday.
He was quoting Anwar Gargash, UAE's junior minister for foreign affairs, who had given a speech saying the "war is over for our troops".
According to reports, an Arabic version of his comments was worded slightly differently than the English one, saying the war is "practically" over.
The statement left open the likelihood that Emirati troops would remain in the Arabian Peninsula country, where they operate in the southern province of Hadramawt and the port city of Aden.
The spokesman for the Arab coalition assembled by Saudi Arabia did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The coalition accuses Iran of arming and supporting the Houthis, while Iran says it has only given the group political support.
Gargash was speaking to a private audience of guests invited by the crown prince to his royal gathering space, or "majlis," as it is referred to in the Gulf, as part of a nightly series of lectures given during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Al Jazeera reported.
Gargash was also quoted as saying the UAE was "monitoring political arrangements" and "empowering Yemenis in liberated areas".
Yemeni security officials told the Associated Press news agency that Emirati troops were still guarding the airport and presidential palace in Aden on Wednesday, where the government of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has been operating from.
The Oslo Times International News Network